Hopewell Township remembers victims of 9/11 with new memorial

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Hopewell Township is remembering the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks with a new memorial at Woolsey Park.

According to the former police chief, no one died that day in the attack from the town, but many people work in Manhattan who were there when the attacks happened. 

He says the reason they take such care, pride and remembering that day is because there is a spot in town on a hill where you can see Manhattan – and on that day 18 years ago, he saw the towers burning.

The other memorial is a Port Authority police SUV, which is housed inside a barn that the township just finished two weeks ago. 

The SUV was stationed outside the towers when they fell. The vehicle was never washed and never cleaned, and was donated to the town by the Port Authority as it was that day.

The memorial serves as a reminder to the 37 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers who were killed 18 years ago on this day. They were the first people who ran into the buildings to try and save survivors.

“We live it year to year and now we are trying to instill into another generation what happened,” Michael Chipowsky, with the Hopewell Valley Sept. 11 memorial committee. “I think it's similar to what Pearl Harbor meant to me. I was not born yet, I visited there just learned the lessons the history lessons and I think that's something we have to continue to teach.”

First responders from Hopewell Valley have a second piece of steel from the trade center in their possession and will be moving that from Town Hall to a local business.

To see a complete list of memorials happening today across New Jersey, click here.

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